Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Ink

Harlan did a great job, hand drawn, original piece of art. 2 hours needle time. I thought it would have taken longer.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Today

1 hour from new tattoo.


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Feeling a Bit Out of Focus

Let's just say I feel a little blurry. That familiar "body tired from workout, but legs feel good" feeling is back. This may sound really weird, but I can feel a good workout in my teeth. Like in the sockets of my molars. When I've really pushed, hard, a few hours later I can feel the effort, well, in my teeth. I have that feeling right now. Today was another set of 8 x 5 min low cadence efforts, power higher than the 20 minute test range. The idea is to pedal as slow as you can while still generating the required power level. I end up at about 50 rpms, which is pretty damn slow. I have to admit, these are hard for me and they hurt.

Its the mental focus part that gets hard. The first minute, second minute are always pretty easy. But then the slowness of the cadence and the sheer weight of spinning a 53 x 13 or 12 on the trainer numbs my mind. The whir, whir, whir even starts to overpower the iPod music in my ears. Sometimes, I have to get really down low on the bars so the SRM head is only 6 inches or so from my face and just stare, unblinking at the numbers, telling my self, 2:30 left, 2 left, 1 minute, 30 seconds...". Drink some water, wait 2 minutes, repeat.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Overheard - Adam Meyerson

Adam Meyerson, cross racer, road racer, coach and cross promoter on the differences between road racing and cross:

Road racing is like a novel and 'cross is poetry. Every word counts in poetry. 'Cross is like that.

I can't really add much to that except to say "amen."

Quote source: Cyclocross Magazine, #5.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sleep

One of the best things about being back on the bike right now is that I sleep better. The whole month I was off, I just didn't sleep well. Couldn't fall asleep, kept waking up in the middle of the night. My legs just didn't feel right. Then I'd just be tired all day.

But, now that I'm back on the bike, my head hits the pillow and I'm out until the alarm goes off.

I'm doing these low cadence, as slow as you can go, higher power efforts. These are really hard for me because I like to spin. These workouts have shown just how much i rely upon leg speed, and not strength, to go faster. The only way to really get faster is to generate more overall power and that means my legs need to be stronger. These effort are like lifting weights to the bike.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Yay, its February

Training is going well. Cant' really call it riding because I'm not actually riding, as much as just spinning a wheel on a fixed drum that offers some resistance designed to mimic actual road resistance, i.e. the trainer. I feel good on the bike. That's a great thing in February.

I thought, briefly, about riding outside this weekend, but didn't want to spend the rest of the day cleaning a bike.

My workouts last about an 1:30 and basically consist of stuff like cadence drills that go like this:

150 - 175 watts at 95 rpms for 1 minute, then 2 min at 100, 2 min at 105, and 1 min at 110, recover for 4 min and repeat for 50 min, then do 10, 10 sec sprints in a heavy gear, 700 watts goal.

At least I'm not just aimlessly spinning, which would be intolerable, I have something to pay attention to, which makes the time go by.

Music helps too. My current playlist:

The Sword, Machinehead, Gojira and High on Fire. All new acquisitions and variations on the metal theme. If you don't know any of these bands here's a brief description:

The Sword- Sabbath-ish, but they sing almost exclusively about Vikings.
Machinehead- name says it all, fast, loud.
Gojira- means Godzilla in Japanese. French death metal (they sing in English). Lyrics are environtmentall conscious- the one I have is about global warming and whales, seriously.
High on Fire- power trio, a little like Motorhead.